U3A SurfCoast

U3A SurfCoast, a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation, is part of the world wide U3A (University of the Third Age), network,  offering around twenty classes and activities during each school term. Courses cover arts, humanities, languages, science, exercise, lifestyle and computers, and include year-long classes, short courses and occasional lectures.

Currently U3A SurfCoast operates in Torquay and Anglesea and welcomes all retirees and gives a special welcome to people newly arrived on the Surf Coast.

Notice Board

U3a SurfCoast members are invited to attend this Geelong U3a event

GUEST LECTURER, Dr Philomena Manifold of Melbourne University, academic, geologist and author will present:
FRIDAY 18TH MAY @ 11.15 am IN THE CHAPEL @ COBBIN FARM, 231 Grove Rd, Grovedale

This lecture will highlight the geological features of the Great Ocean Road which you would have driven past countless times and had no idea of their magnificent history.

Any members of U3a SurfCoast wishing to attend as guests of U3a Geelong will need to RSVP to heartsong1@iprimus.com.au by May 14th.
Tutor Get-together- TUTORS put in your diary
We will meet tutors at Spring Creek Community House on April 27th at 4pm to hear ideas, sort out any issues and enjoy drinks and nibbles and a chat. Hopefully all the tutors can make it. Meanwhile, you are encouraged to pass on to your tutors any feedback and suggestions so that they can be discussed at the Tutors' meeting.
Term 2 Courses
The course schedule has been sent out to all members and the COURSES page has been updated. You can enrol online any time - just go the the COURSES page to get started.  If you prefer to register in person, our office will be open at Spring Creek House, 14 Price Street Torquay between 10.00 and 12 noon on Friday 13 April and Friday 20 April. You can also pick up an enrolment form from the front desk at Spring Creek House during school term.
Do you like our new website?  You can 'talk' to us any time by going to the Contact Us page and sending your comments on the online form - much simpler (and more secure)  than sending an email.  You can also sign our Guestbook at the bottom of this page.

U3A SurfCoast Stories

U3A Opens Doors  by Libbie Lourey
Ok, let’s walk down the corridor and see what’s happening.
It’s Monday morning. Open the door and you will find Creative Writing with tutor John Bartlett. Heads will be down pens moving quickly across the page. Occasionally the writers will glance to an antique vase in the middle of the table An antique vase that is inspiration for the day’s stories. Think of that antique vase. What might you write?
You may think I cannot write stories or poems. Many of the group felt this at the beginning but decided to give it a go. With the  atmosphere created by John and a wonderfully supportive group many members have tapped into their creativity.
The course has been described as the room of unexpected words. The participants will tell you that it has indeed been unexpected to see what they have written.
John Bartlett is a published author who connected to U3A to meet people who share his love of literature and writing.
It’s Wednesday. Opening another door leads us into Unlocking Life’s Code: DNA and the Future. An intriguing title. Associate Professor Bill Shaw will share with you how the discovery of DNA in the mid 20th century has led to understanding heredity and hereditary diseases and the development of products such as insulin.
Oh you’ll learn much much more. As you opened the door you will have noticed participants listening intently  to Associate Professor Shaw, an expert in Plant Biochemistry.He first presented this popular course at his local U3A in Tasmania at Port Sorrel. Now also living in Torquay he has generously offered it U3A Surfcoast.
There are many more doors to open to stimulate your mind and exercise your body.
Come and join The U3A Surfcoast Community. You’ll be warmly welcomed.
Check the 'Classes' button for what's available in term 2
Classes take up new venue:

The DRAWING SKILLS (Traditional) class has now taken up home in the Shire’s new Kurrambee Myaring Community Centre,Merrijig Drive.
The class enjoys the light and spacious room and will continue in that venue next term.
Joining them on Thursday will be the Yoga class and a new ‘CONVERSATIONS IN HISTORY’ class, at which a different speaker each week will take the group through some aspect of historical interest. Look out for more details in the Surf Coast Times on April 12th


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Thank you.
U3A Office Hours
10.00 am - 12 noon

Spring Creek House
14 Price Street
Torquay Vic 3228
P: 0435 374 139
Term Dates 2018:
Term 1:  12 February to 29 March
Term 2:  23 April to 29 June
Term 3:  23 July to 21 September
Term 4:  15 October to 7 December